Beat Pfister

    Dr. Beat Pfister
Speech Processing Group
Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory
ETH Zurich

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+41 44 632 1035
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Postal address: ETH Zurich
Dr. Beat Pfister
Computer Engineering and
Networks Laboratory (TIK)
ETZ G61.1
CH-8092 Zurich
Postadresse: ETH Zürich
Dr. Beat Pfister
Institut für Technische Informatik
und Kommunikationsnetze
ETZ G61.1
CH-8092 Zürich


Beat Pfister received his diploma in electrical engineering (Dipl. El.-Ing. ETH) and his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). From 1976 to 1980 he was a researcher at the Applied Physics Laboratory. As a founder member of the speech processing group, he designed and built fast signal processors in ECL (emitter-coupled logic) bit-slice technology for real-time speech processing applications. After this period of hardware development, his main research interests have been text-to-speech synthesis and speech recognition with emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches including signal processing, statistical modelling, knowledge-based systems and linguistics.

Since 1981, he has been the head of the Speech Processing Group which is associated to the Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory (TIK) of the ETH Zurich. He acquired and guided numerous research projects in speech coding, text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition, and speaker verification. His group was involved in some thirty collaborative projects with industries and since more than fifteen years he has been active in forensic speaker verification casework.

Beat Pfister teaches speech processing at the ETH. In this two-semester course the textbook Sprachverarbeitung is used. The course covers the fundamentals in speech and language processing and introduces specific solutions of problems in text-to-speech synthesis and speech recognition.

For further information about the current research activities, please consult the homepage of the Speech Processing Group and the publications.

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Speech Processing Group
Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratoy
ETH Zurich